Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on September 12th, 2010 at 9:48 pm
approaches Hwy 43/Willamette Dr.
A man riding his bike in West Linn (about 11 miles south of downtown Portland) died earlier today when he collided with an SUV.
According to the West Linn Police Department, 37 year-old James Allen Hill was riding his bicycle eastbound (downhill) on Pimlico Drive at about 1:00 pm on Sunday and the crash occurred at the T-intersection with Willamette Drive (Highway 43).
The West Linn PD say that according to witnesses and an investigation, Hill was "travelling at a high rate of speed prior to the intersection, disregarded a stop sign and was unable to negotiate the sharp right turn he was attempting." A Ford Expedition was going southbound on Willamette Drive and Hill "lost control of his bicycle" and slid under it.
Here's a snip from a press release sent out by the West Linn PD:
"This is a tragic event" said West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus, "Our thoughts are with both Mr. Hill's family and the family of the driver." The West Linn Police reminds bicyclists and all roadway users that they must obey the rules of the road, the rules are there for their safety.